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Paul J. Tafelski

DUI and DWI Attorney at Bloomfield Hills, MI

5.0   9 reviews

Licensed for 27 years

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About Paul

Learn Paul’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    40%
    Defending Domestic Violence accusations, PPO defense, assault and battery or any criminal allegation with skill and experience.

  2. DUI and DWI
    40%
    Helping people achieve the best possible outcome in the OWI or license restoration case.

  3. Family
    20%
    Helping individuals through divorce, custody, PPO and domestic violence situations with practical advice based upon skill and experience.

People often ask "what kind of lawyer are you".  I've been practicing for over 20 years and have obtained a vast amount of experience in a multitude of different situations.  Although most of my work now focuses on the defense of drunk driving cases, domestic violence and family law disputes the real answer to that question is that "I'm the kind of lawyer that helps people facing difficult and unfamiliar problems."   I thoroughly understand the fears,anxiety, professional ramifications and financial challenges legal problems cause for my clients.  My experience allows me to keep all of these issues in mind as I work to obtain the best possible result for you in your situation.  Every case is different and every client has different priorities.  I'm focused on delivering outstanding results that meet your unique needs.  

Licensed for 27 years
State MI
Status Active And In Good Standing
Acquired 1995
Updated 10/06/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Paul J. Tafelski
Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney
2525 S. Telegraph Road Suite 100
Bloomfield Hills, MI, 48302

Reviews

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Posted by Thomas | February 14, 2014
Calm, Professional and Thorough
Paul is a professional and knowledgeable attorney who I have engaged on multiple occasions. Paul is trustworthy and confident and brings a sense of calm to each unique situation. Paul clearly understood the legal processes involved in each of my cases, and was able to clearly communicate my options to me. I have referred Paul to both family and friends and will continue to do so in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | May 6, 2014
An excellent criminal defense attorney
Paul did an excellent job representing me as my criminal defense attorney. I was struggling to decide if I wanted to pay for attorney services or just represent myself on my second probation violation hearing. I made a last minute decision to hire Paul and looking back I'm certain that I made the right call. I telephoned Paul on a Saturday morning and he returned my VM within a couple hours and scheduled a consultation for the following Sunday morning. I met with him on a Sunday morning and we discussed my case in elaborate detail and went to court two days later. Paul far exceeded my expectations, he took the time to fully understand my situation and give me the best possible representation in a very difficult situation. Paul handled everything, at my hearing he approached the Judge with my probation officer and they discussed the details of the case amongst the three of themselves. Paul arranged a favorable sentence for me. The Judge told me "Your attorney spoke eloquently in your defense"... I believe that hiring Paul to defend me that day was one of the best decisions I ever made. This was the third time I hired Paul in my defense and he did a fine job representing me each time.
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Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2016
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Criminal Defense advice session
Paul was direct and concise. He told us what we needed to know and was very professional.
Posted by Spencer | August 31, 2015
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Paul gives lawyers a good name.
I was first introduced to Mr. Tafelski years ago as my court appointed attorney. For anyone who doesn't know, a court appointed arrangment is not profitable for the lawyer at all, his fee couldn't have even covered his fuel expenses. It was basically pro bono. Anyway, I was facing a felony possession conviction and did not even have the money to bail myself out. Paul took my case all the way. He brought me a suit to wear to court so I did not have to wear jail "clothes". Paul not only tracked down a witness for my defense, he drove 30 miles one way just to remind the witness of the court date and make sure he would show up. When we went to jury trial Paul was a straight up stud. This guy is money in the courtroom! It was awesome. It was like watching a movie. I couldn't believe it. The bottom line is, Paul won the case for me and I was found 'not guilty'! Haha,Then Paul told me to keep the suit. The absolute best part was the look on the prosecutors face when the verdict was read. It was certainly different than the menacing sneer that she continuously shot my way throughout the entire case. The look on the face of the police officer who testified against me wasn't bad either. My life has since turned around dramtically for the better and I have hired Paul for everything from my divorce to restoring my license. Someone at Paul's firm is reachable at all times and I have never felt better represented. I have never once felt rushed and people I know are amazed at how much time Paul always spends during consultations. I will never need any other attorney for as long as Paul practices law and I would recommend him to anyone who needs help. If your looking to hire an attorney who actually cares and shines in a court of law, Paul Tafelski is your man!
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Posted by Susan | January 31, 2015
Overdue case
My case was quite unique in a sense that it was over a decade old. I had a previous lawyer and also represented myself to the Secretary of State without any good results, year after year. Long story short, Paul was able to clear me from the mess I had created in my underage days as I had moved from the state of Michigan and reside now in California. He was very professional and knowledgable with the little information he had on me long distance and handled my case very well. All in all he got me out of my bind and cleared my record. I recommend him for any OWI or DUI case you have.
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Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2014
Tremendous Support
Paul Tafelski guided me through a complicated legal maze during an emotionally trying time in my life. Through the process, Paul treated me with the utmost respect of a person who made a mistake. His technical skills, character and manner of handling the situation produced a wonderful result which has allowed me to move on with my life with minimal damage. I am extremely grateful and appreciative of his professionalism and obvious skills. Thank you Paul
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Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2014
Highly Responsive
I've used Paul for a BAIID appeal hearing multiple times. He has been very professional is very knowledgeable in the laws applicable. I've used other attorneys in the past but have never had the satisfaction as I've had with Paul. Most attorneys will over promise but be hard to reach after the contract is signed. Despite the time of day or the day of the week, he has always immediately responded to me. In addition, his assistant Karen has always been incredibly helpful in making calls to the SOS on my behalf. Although he may not have all the answers immediately, his immediate reply has reassured me numerous times. Just knowing that he's reachable allayed much of my anxiety. In the end, he went above and beyond to make sure everything worked out. I would gladly recommend to friends and family without hesitation.
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Posted by Joseph | January 7, 2014
Excellent, stoic and trustworthy.
Paul was responsive and knowledgeable regarding the legal process that I encountered. He kept it as simple as possible and made me feel comfortable with explanations and options. I highly recommend his services.
Posted by Perry | January 5, 2014
Terrific Attorney
I have used Paul's services in the past and have found him to be extremely responsive and diligent on my behalf. I would recommend him to a family member. In fact, I have. They were also very pleased with his work.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Pierce, Farrel, Tafelski & Wells PLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Partner
  • Pierce, Duke, Farrel & Tafelski
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Partner
  • Pierce, Duke, Mengel & Tafelski PLC
  • 2001 - 2008
  • Partner
  • Tafelski & McDonald P.C.
  • 1998 - 2001
  • Attorney
  • Petersmarck, Callahan, Barbour & Bauer
  • 1995 - 1998
  • Law Clerk
  • Cummings McClorey Davis & Acho
  • 1992 - 1995
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Education

  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Michigan State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Associations

  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Family Law Committee
  • 2009 - Present
  • Advocates Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Michigan Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Michigan Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers in America
  • 2020
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorney's in Michigan for 2014
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Michigan Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Michigan Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Michigan Super Lawyers
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (16)
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Paul Tafelski is a great attorney. He is very personable and he will make you feel comfortable from the first consultation. He is always prepared for every Court hearing and he tirelessly advocates for his clients. I have no reservation on endorsing him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've gotten to spend some time with Paul, and quickly came to recognize his knowledge in some specialized areas of MI criminal defense and in the defense of drivers. It is apparent that Paul uses his knowledge and experience to help his clients and fight for positive results in difficult cases. For these reasons, I can recommend Paul to those in need of a lawyer in his practice areas."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am impressed with Paul's knowledge and professionalism. In particular, he is experienced at helping revoked drivers get their licenses back."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Paul is very knowledgeable and works hard to get the best results for his clients. He is an outstanding lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Tafelski is an experienced and respected attorney in his field. His knowledge of the law and dedicated representation would make anyone lucky to have him as their counsel. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Paul. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul Tafelski is well regarded among members of the criminal defense bar as an aggressive advocate with excellent trial skills. He is also well respected by the many judges before whom he regularly appears for his integrity and professionalism. I highly endorse Paul Tafelski."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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